So, now that I’ve moved out of my student house due to placement, I’ve been thinking of some of the things that make living with others students go more smoothly.
- Organise nights in/out (depending on your flatmates). During freshers, you’re overwhelmed with meeting a whole load of new people from all different walks of life. However, there can be nothing worse than shutting yourself in your room and not knowing your flatmates or housemates – because you’ve got to spend a whole year with them! Nobody is saying you have to be best buds with the people you’re living with, as it’s unlikely you’re going to be living with your true bestie (and if you do, that’s great!) but I’ve found that it can be easier to get along when you spend some time chilling with them once every now and again.
- Decide who is going to clean what and when. This is less of a problem in halls as you have a cleaner Monday to Friday that cleans any communal areas, including shared bathrooms. Even so, it helps to keep things tidy, and keep your cleaner on side. This can be something as simple as the whole flat/house agreeing that you’ll have a mass clean up every other Saturday, or organising a rota if you’re living in a house, about who cleans what on which days. If everyone is in agreement, then there should be no arguments about it.
- Be mindful of other people! Firstly, linking back to my previous point, limit your personal mess to your bedroom, then make sure you clean up after yourself if you’ve made a mess in the communal areas. There’s nothing more frustrating than coming in after a long day and being unable to cook because someone’s used all of the pans and they’re in the sink, so be respectful of others. If it’s going to annoy you if someone else does it, make sure you don’t do it!Be wary of the level of noise you’re making late at night, particularly if you’re living with student nurses or teachers whilst they’re on placement. Nobody is trying to ruin your fun, but a little respect goes a long way!
So there you have it, my top 3 tips for sharing accommodation!